Shillong, June 08: Meghalaya Chief Secretary, WMS Pariat on Saturday inaugurated the first fish seed eco- hatchery unit in the private sector assisted under the Meghalaya State Aquaculture Mission at Nongkohlew, Mawlai.
The programme was attended by Principal Secretary, Fisheries Department, KN Kumar, Director of Fisheries, IR Sangma, Director of Commerce and Industries, W Langstang, Entrepreneur and owner of the hatchery unit, Alexander Syiem and fish farmers from East Khasi Hills District.
Speaking on the occasion, Pariat said that the Aqua Culture is one of the nine missions launched by the State Government in 2012 under the Meghalaya Basin Development Programme and Livelihood Promotion to develop its human resources by enhancing their employability and income earning potential especially in the rural areas.
Pariat lauded the Meghalaya State Fish Farmer Development Agency for this innovative approach in setting up the first fish seed eco- hatchery unit in the private sector which is very crucial for the successful implementation of the aqua culture mission by assisted Mr. Alexander Syiem, Entrepreneur and owner of the hatchery unit. He congratulates Syiem and expressed hope that this hatchery unit will help to meet the demand of fingerlings in the State to some extent.
KN Kumar said that this circular eco hatchery unit in Nongkohlew is the first out of the five unit to be set up in the State in the private sector to meet the demand of fingerlings in the State. He informed that this unit will produce 25 lakhs fingerlings by August this year. This eco hatchery unit at Nongkohlew is implemented by the Superintendent of Fisheries, East Khasi Hills covered a water area of 1.5 Ha and the total financial assistance involved is Rs. 16 lakhs which include Rs.9.60 lakhs subsidy, Rs 4 lakhs Bank loan, Rs 2.40 lakhs beneficiary contribution, added Kumar.